Dominic Thiem reached the junior Roland Garros final in 2011, dreaming about winning his favorite Major in the future. The Austrian made a senior debut in Paris in 2014 and lost to the clay king Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
Two years later, Thiem was already among the finest clay-courters on the Tour, reaching the Roland Garros semi-final and falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Returning to France as the top-10 star in 2017, Thiem toppled Djokovic in the quarter-final before losing to Nadal in straight sets after running out of gas in set number three.
A year later, Dominic advanced to his first Major final at Roland Garros, facing the ultimate rival on the other side of the net. Thiem was the only player who defeated Rafa on clay in 2017 and 2018. Still, he failed to deliver another upset on the most significant scene, with Nadal scoring a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 triumph in two hours and 42 minutes to defend the title and extend his reign.
Rafa lost serve once and converted five out of 17 break opportunities to leave Dominic behind and deny the Austrian's first Major trophy. The same rivals met in the title match 12 months later, with Thiem finally taking a set away from Rafa in Paris.
Still, that wasn't enough to keep him safe, losing ground after the second set and falling 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 after three hours. Nadal started all over from the third set and ousted the younger opponent to celebrate the 12th Parisian crown.
Dominic Thiem sets eyes on the Roland Garros crown in 2021.
Last October, the Austrian lost an epic quarter-final clash to Diego Schwartzman in five hours, leaving Paris before the semis for the first time in five years and hoping for a more vital run in 2021.
Dominic's primary goal in 2021 is to chase the Parisian title, saying that has been his goal since junior days and feeling ready to give his everything to achieve that in June. "Roland Garros is by far the tournament where I have had the best results in the past.
And a long time ago, I played the final in the junior event ten years ago, aged 18 and 19. After winning that first Major title at the last year's US Open, Roland Garros is my biggest goal and something I want to achieve.
Roland Garros title is something I want to achieve this year, but at the same time, I know that everything has to be perfect; otherwise, it will not happen," Dominic Thiem said.